This page was updated on the 5 March 2021
The Government has published a plan for re-opening Businesses and Venues. For full details of the plan you should click the link below.
The Police and Preston City Council have powers to close businesses that remain open against the government orders. Environmental Health can also take action if businesses refuse to implement Covid Secure measures to keep employees and customers safe.
You can report business you think should be closed using the button below
Please visit our Covid-19 compliance in business webpages to see enforcement actions taken by Environmental Health.
For details of further restrictions, not affecting businesses, visit our FAQs on local restrictions page.
The Health and Safety Executive have published two guidance leaflets Working Safely During the Coronavirus Outbreak and Talking with your Workers about Preventing Coronavirus which are very useful and should be read in conjunction with the rest of the information on this page.
The guidance below should be used only when the current coronavirus restrictions allow your business to operate.
The Government have directed that where possible and practical to do so, employees must work from home.
As an employer you should undertake a risk assessment focusing on Covid-19.
You should use the government guidance to help you inform and complete your risk assessments. The guidance is listed below.
You should share the results of your risk assessment with your workforce. If possible, you should consider publishing the results on your website (and we would expect all businesses with over 50 workers to do so).
Below you will find a notice you should display in your workplace to show you have followed this guidance.
If anyone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature in the business or workplace they should be sent home and advised to follow the GOV.UK - Covid-19 Stay at home guidance.
PHE Cumbria and Lancashire Health Protection Team
Phone: 0344 225 0562 option 2
Out of office: 0151 434 4819
Lancashire County Council have produced a guidance document for dealing with suspected or confirmed cases and outbreaks in workplaces:
Businesses registered in England, with more than 50 employees who cannot work from home & Charities maybe able to register for free lateral flow test kits: Register for Free Lateral Flow Test Kits
You must only make a report under RIDDOR (The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013) when:
For further information on Covid-19 and RIDDOR, or to make a RIDDOR report got to the HSE's website RIDDOR Reporting of COVID-19.
In many indoor premises where members of the public and employees mix, there are requirements upon businesses to ensure that customers and employees wear face coverings. Click the link below for more information.
There is no law to prevent workplaces from accepting cash transactions. However the virus can be transmitted on cash. Therefore employees are at risk if handling cash when they are taking orders and cashing up at the end of the night. If employees catch the virus you maybe forced to close the business (because everyone is sick or isolating), especially in small businesses.
We would strongly recommend setting up a contactless payment system. There are systems such as iZettle, sum up, or square reader (other brands are also available). These are usually relatively cheap to set up and run.
We would urge businesses to encourage contactless payment whenever possible
You will need to ensure that all employees are given suitable and sufficient training in the new Covid-19 control measures that you are implementing within your workplace. In large workplaces you will need to ensure that all employees have adequate supervision to ensure Social Distancing is maintained.
There are free on-line training courses available to help you educate your employees on the basics and background to Covid-19 many can be found using a Google search.
Please visit our pages on Your Safety at Work.
The government, in consultation with industry, has produced guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible, this is the HM Government Guidance. When undertaking your risk assessment you must have regard to the available guidance.
Following the guidance is not compulsory, unless specifically stated, and you are free to take other action, so long as the same level of protection is achieved.
But if you do follow the guidance you will normally be doing enough to comply with the law.
Health and safety inspectors seek to secure compliance with the law and may refer to guidance. Failure to implement suitable control measure may lead to formal action being taken against the duty holder(s).
Other industry guidance is also included below.
These guides cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe;
Ensure sufficient signage is displayed so customers and employees understand the rules in place within your premises.
As a minimum we would expect to see the following information displayed within premises;
The Environmental Health Department is committed to helping both employers and employees during the Covid-19 emergency.
We would urge employers to take socially responsible decisions and listen to the concerns of their workforce.
We ask that all employees work with their employers to create and maintain a safe working environment for everyone.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for advice or information. You can contact us on 01772 906907 or email email@example.com.